Holiday Gift Guides

Hi Everyone!

I cannot believe we are already 5 days into December!  With the holidays right around the corner I thought it would be a good idea to pull together some items for gift giving!  I know this time of year can be overwhelming sometimes with all you have to do.  I hope that these ideas can help you out.  I broke down the gifts into ideas for her, him as well as some home items that could be great gifts for anyone!  All the items I chose are either on sale or great deals.

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The planner / Scarf / Top / Leggings / Luggage / Diffuser / Slippers

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Watch / Robe / Groom kit / Cuff Links / Weekender Bag / Slippers / DIY Kit / Fitbit / Gloves

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Google Home / Polaroid / Smoothie maker / Blankets / Glass / Tea Pot / Mugs / Bookends

Do you have all your holiday shopping already done?!  Which of these items is your favorite?

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Shopping!

xoL

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The Best Cyber Monday Deals!!

Hi lovies!

It is my favorite time of the year!  Happy Cyber Monday!!  I just love sales and getting a great deal.  Between all the Black Friday, Small business Saturday and Cyber Monday sales you cannot go wrong.  I thought I would round up the top deals I have come across.  I am breaking it down by store and my top picks at each store and also just including some stores and their promo codes.  A lot of these deals will run all day long but it is first come so the earlier you get your shopping in today the better the deals will be.

Nordstrom

Extra 20% off select sale items

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  1. Zella High waist Moto leggings, originally $75 on sale for $36–these are my all time FAVE brand of leggings, soo comfy and can be worn to work out or as a cute outfit

2. Free People thermal top, originally $68 on sale for $41

3. Eliza J holiday dress, originally $128 on sale for $62.  Such a perfect dress and color for holiday parties!

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4. Free People V-Neck sweater, originally $128 on sale for $72

5. BP. Moto Leggings, originally $39 on sale for $21

6. Caslon high/low tunic, originally $49 on sale for $24

 

Gap

50% off of everything with code CYBER plus extra 10% off with code TREAT

  1. Gap sale 2Gap sale 11.  Mockneck sweater dress, originally $90 on sale for $41 -comes in one other color too
  2. Chenille sweater, originally $50 on sale for $23 -comes in a few colors

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3. Swiss dot ruffle top, originally $65 on sale for $30 -also comes in white!

4. Quilted sleep joggers, originally $60 on sale for $27

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Men’s Gap options

  1. Fleece lined joggers, originally $55 on sale for $25

2.  Merino wool v-neck sweater, originally $60 on sale for $25

3. Wool cable knit sweater, originally $70 on sale for $32

 

Anthropologie

20% off of full priced items + Free shipping on all orders over $100, no codes needed

Apparel

  1.  Hygge cardigan
  2. Flutter-sleeve pullover
  3. Tie front linen wide leg pants
  4. Adirondack Marled cardigan
  5. Oslo sweater coat

Home

  1. Snow capped vase
  2. slivered geode coaster
  3. holiday table top light up tree

The gift ideas at Anthropologie are endless! Soo many cute ideas for a wide range of people

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up to 50% off and free shipping with code FREESHIP

I am in need of some new holiday decor and it is all on sale on their site today!  Here are some of my faves:

  1. Merry Christmas pillow
  2. Christmas Tree pillow
  3. LED light up Christmas pillow
  4. Faux table top pine trees
  5. Faux pine garland

 

DSW

25% off of pretty much the entire store with code HOLIDAY2017

 

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th

60% off cold weather styles with code CYBERMON

take an extra 50% off select styles with code 24HOURS

Extra 30% off select women’s shoes  + half off Hickey Freeman sport coats and suits with code HOLIDAY17

 

Sur la table

up to 75% off home, kitchen and dining items, no code needed

Free shipping over $59 with code SHIPFREE

 

Grande Cosmetics

I LOVE their lash growth serum.  I used it a little while back and saw great results.

25% off entire site with code SPARKLE17

you can also find there products at Sephora 

I wish I had more time to put together more ideas but I want this to be posted before it gets too late.  What are some of your go-to shops on Cyber Monday?!

xoL

NYE Outfits

Why hello there!

It has been so long since I have made a post! The holidays are always such a crazy time for me.  Involves lots of traveling which makes it hard for me to post.  I hope those of you that celebrate Christmas had a wonderful one!! It was so nice being home with family and friends.  My brother-in-law  flew in from Denmark a week ago so it was really nice having him in town as well.  We were one giant family gathering which is always lots of fun.

I thought with New Year’s Eve around the corner it would be fun to post outfit ideas.  I know some people go all out and others do more intimate celebrations.  Here are a few different outfits, all of which I love and would wear depending on what kinda night I have ahead 🙂

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Loving the ruffles and the texture of the sweater with the feminine length skirt.  I think the green is a gorgeous color and something different, pair it with some black shoes, bag and jewels and you are all set!

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I love this look.  A bit more casual with the pleather pants but still super cute and festive.  I love this ruffled blouse and the House of Harlow jewlry

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If you have read my blog before you know my current obsession with Rose gold.  I think this dress is so amazing and fun.  I wouldn’t wear any jewelry since the dress is so sparkly.  This would be a fun dress if you were going to a fancy spot or out in NYC

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I just love this outfit.  I am so into ruffles right now on tops, and the color of this blouse is pretty amazing.  This skirt is so classy and elegant yet fun and festive.  Also these Steve Madden heels come in a ton of different colors, I am loving block heels right now too!

Do you have a favorite?

Any fun plans for NYE? What outfit will you be wearing?!

xoLauren

Carlsberg Brewery Tour in Denmark

Hi!  Happy Tuesday.  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  It never seems to be long enough though!

I wanted to share another great experience that I had on my Euro trip.  While in Denmark we visited the Carlsberg brewery! It was such a fun time and so informative.  It was founded in 1847 and the tour takes place at their original brewing location.  So much history to see and read about, its definitely a fun couples day trip if you happen to be visiting Copenhagen.  We got there and walked around the gift shop, picked up some cute magnets and sweatshirts as souvenirs.  Then we bought tickets for a tasting.  The tasting was great because the woman conducting it was super knowledgeable about the different beers and told us all about the different hops and grains used and what different methods create the different flavors.  Overall super interesting and of course you get to taste everything, who doesn’t like that? lol  The Danes love Carlsberg and Tuborg beers (and no they do not taste the same here in the states, way better in DK!)

Here are some of the snaps I got from that day.

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xoLauren

Copenhagen, Denmark-outfit details!

Hi loves!

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend, weather was beautiful here in NY, we even got to go swimming in our friends pool!  I know I mentioned I would start posting about my trip and of course life has been a bit hectic since returning.  Finally just uploaded some of the 2000+ pictures we took on our camera.  Still working on editing them and sorting through the better ones.  I thought I would share some that I have from my iPhone as well as include some outfit details!

Copenhagen will always hold a special place in our hearts.  My husbands mother, Birgit, was from Denmark and raised right outside of Copenhagen.  She met my father-in-law and moved to the states where they then raised my husband and his brother.  Since Birgit’s entire family was still in Denmark they made yearly visits with the kids while they were growing up.  My husband was very lucky to have the experiences he did while in Denmark.  Since he had been going there pretty much every summer he was able to make such a great network of friends as well.  We would like to continue the tradition of bringing our future children there and giving them similar experiences to what Thomas had.  My brother-in-law, Adam, made his way to Denmark 4 years ago to join the Danish Army.  This was our 2nd time visiting since he has made the move, and of course he was back a number of times to the states as well over those 4 years.  Family means the world to me.  I think that growing up and sharing experiences with loved ones is important and what life is all about.  Thomas has no family in the states anymore.  His mother and father have both passed away and his brother is now living in Denmark, for what looks like the rest of his life, if not for a number of years still.  I have the privileged of being able to see my parents and close relatives by planning a weekend to drive home.  For Thomas is it a long plane ride away.  We plan on making Denmark an every other year vacation to keep a close connection with his family.  It is just as important to me as it is to him.

So with that said, this part of our trip was amazing!  I have been to Copenhagen a couple of times now, both times before were in the winter.  Now, don’t get me wrong, Copenhagen is gorgeous in the winter, but man was it cold.  I didn’t mind it too much since they don’t get the intense amounts of snow like we do in New York, but it does get pretty chilly.  The last time we went before this trip was during Christmas.  It was such a fun experience to see all the traditions and being able to spend quality family time.  This time was just so different.  We were in Denmark for a total of 14 days.  We got to stay with Adam as well as Thomas’ cousin, Christian, and his family.  Since Thomas and Adam spent most of their time in Denmark in the summers I would always hear about how amazing Danish summers were.  It was never too hot, but warm enough to make a few dips in the water.  I was excited to finally get a chance to experience the Denmark that Thomas knew so well.  With it being warmer out and sunny we got to see and do so much.  We even got to go to the bathing bridge near his grandmothers house to swim.  The same bathing house that they would swim at all summer long.  Here are just a few pictures from Copenhagen.  I plan on writing a few more entries on Copenhagen since we saw and did so many great things.  I feel one entry would not do it justice.

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Hubb and I :)–outfit details below

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Get this look–Top: Zara (sold out) similar here and here, Jeans: Similar here and here, Sandals: Asos and here, Bag: here, Shades: Asos, Choker: here

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Tom and I in Nyhavn, such a pretty street and canal.  The street is lined with the beautifully colored buildings.                                                                                                                Top: similar here, here and here, Jeans: similar here and here, Shawl: similar, Sandals: Birkenstocks

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Inside of the shopping center, Magasin, they have this in the basement.  It was soo yummy!

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my treat 🙂

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I love shopping while in Denmark, we always need to pick up something Royal Copenhagen and Georg Jensen to add to our collection

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Part of the walking street

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Ending one of our fun filled days with a good old Carlsberg and Tuborg

xoLauren

I’m back!

Hiya Friends!

I got back on Sunday from our AMAZING Euro trip! I am SO SO excited to share it with all of you 🙂 We traveled to Copenhagen, Rome, Positano, Capri, Pompeii, Naples and parts of Iceland.  Each part of the trip was amazing in its own way and such an adventure.

In Copenhagen we have my husbands entire family, including his brother.  So we were busy getting together with family and friends but we had a solid 14 days there so getting to spend quality time with everyone was totally doable.  We did lots of family dinners, exploring areas that my husband would spend his summers at growing up (and making so many memories!) and yes, we did good old Tivoli.  Each and every time we have visited we have gone to Tivoli Gardens (one of the oldest amusement parks in the world).  It is such a fun family tradition.  I think it has continued on mainly because Thomas’ cousin, Christian, has two girls (11 and 15 years old) who absolutely still love going.  When Thomas and his brother were younger his older cousin, Christian, would be the one to bring them each year as well.  I think its so nice that we have continued the tradition and go back each time we visit, and the hopes will be it never stops since we would like to do the same with our future kiddies.  It is such a beautiful park, with lots of Scandinavian charm.  Then we always eat dinner at a place called Grafton, again its the only place we usually grab dinner at.  It was funny actually, since I am a vegan (and Danes LOVE their meat and fish) the menu had zero things on it for me to eat haha.  SO we asked them if they have a vegetarian option that could be made vegan and I got a look like, “oh no, one of these weirdos!”  It was so funny actually, but they did deliver and they gave me this lentils and veggies type dish which was actually not too bad.

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Tom and I in Copenhagen, our first day.  This is in Nyhavn

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Tivoli at night

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We ate dinner this night at the top of the Tivoli hotel )amazing views!) at a place called Sticks and Sushi.  Poor hubby was taking the pic otherwise he would be in it too haha.  This is my bro-in-law, Adam, and his gf, Signe.

Then after 12 days in Copenhagen we flew to Rome where we did one night, then drove (yes, we drove in Italy and yes it was one of the craziest things I have experienced lol) to Praiano, where we stayed for 3 nights.  Then drove back to Rome and spent the night and took off early the following morning.  It was actually great having a car and being able to stop off where ever we wanted to and to be on our own schedule.  Rome was amazing.  I know it is touristy but for all the right reasons.  I have never with my own two eyes seen such amazing history all over the city.  It is a giant metro city and as you walk down the street you pass structures that are 2,000+ years old!  It was just so magical to see all of it.  We did get a chance to do a guided tour of the Colossuem and Pantheon (which I highly recommend!) It was great having a guide show us around and point out things and explain them to us.  Way better then if we walked around on our own, at least that was my personal opinion on it.  Our tour guide was also an archaeologist so she was super knowledgeable and really painted a great picture for us about the history of Rome. Then from Rome, our most relaxing part of the trip, Praiano/Amalfi Coast.  As I referenced above regarding the driving, I mainly am referring to the crazy roads you have to take to get to the Amalfi coast.  I have never seen such narrow (2 way) roads that wind and turn like crazy all along the edge of a cliff….It was just unbelievable how they drive and how good they are at it! haha Then on our way back to Rome we stopped off in Pompeii (another crazy awesome piece of history to explore) and Naples.  The Naples stop was literally just for pizza.  We weren’t going to drive past the birth place of pizza and NOT get some to try.  So we made a special pit stop in Naples at a place called, Del Presidente, to grab pies.  OMG, it was everything I hoped and dreamed it would be haha.

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When in Rome, get gelato (or sorbet if your vegan like me 🙂 )

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the. best. gnocchi. ever. (In Praiano)

This is just a little sneak peak of some of the pictures.  I literally took thousands! Haven’t even uploaded them all from my camera.  These are all just my iPhone pictures.

Then after Italy we flew back to Copenhagen for 2 nights, which was great.  We got to say goodbye to everyone one last time and the family introduced us to “Running Sushi” it was actually pretty amazing.  Its a conveyor belt that has plated sushi and other items going around it.  You take whatever you want as it goes by you.  Such a cool idea!  I guess its popular in Europe (really starting in Japan I guess?) it was a super fun experience and great night with the family.  Each plate has one or two pieces of sushi on it so as you eat you make a stack of plates in the middle.  Here was one of ours:

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Running sushi-you can see the conveyor belt in the back!

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We asked them if more veggie/vegan sushi would make its way to the belt and they were so sweet and made this up especially for me!

So after our 2 nights in Copenhagen we then flew out and did a 3 night layover in Iceland. We stayed in a hostel (with a private room and bath) in the heart of downtown Reyk. The beauty in that country is unreal.  The nature it like no other place I have seen.  The best way to describe how it looks is pretty much something from another planet.  The rocks, glaciers, moss, waterfalls, all just so insanely beautiful.  We also did the Blue Lagoon (you cannot visit Iceland and NOT go there-and yes, it lived up to its expectations).  We rented a car here, which again was an awesome idea.  No need to get on a big bus with strangers and go around, we were on our own time and it was perfect.

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and yes, they had a Lebowski bar which was pretty awesome

Again, this is just a sneak peak of some of the wonders we saw.  I have been brainstorming how I would like to present the trip here, on my blog, and I am going to post about it according to my journal.  I kept a travel journal the entire time.  I just hate forgetting each day, especially when you are traveling around for so long, so its a nice way to re-live each day when you read the entry.  This way I can break down the trip in a better order.

I am looking forward to sharing everything with you guys and will hopefully get the first post up and edited this weekend!  This is going to be a number of entries but I feel like its the only way to capture most of it AND show off some of my outfits and give all the details!

As mush as I loved Europe and going on such a great adventure, it is great to be back in the States 🙂

Any fun travels that you have coming up?!

xoLauren

 

***All these pictures are my own.  Please do not use them without my permission.

Euro Trip! Follow me :)

Today is the day!  It seems like I have been counting down the days until we leave for this trip for so long.  I am SO excited, kind of like a little kid on Christmas Eve haha.  Well, I just wanted to give you all a heads up that I plan on taking TONS of pictures and posting about all my outfits as well!!

You can also follow me on Instagram and Snapchat: LaurenQskaggs.  I am hoping I will have some chances to post full blog entries but I may have limited internet access.  I will certainly be posting a lot on Instagram and Snapchat though.

Follow along if you want to see Copenhagen, Denmark; Rome, Praiano, Positano and Capri, Italy as well as Iceland!

TGIF!

xoLauren

Holiday gift idea #2

Happy Monday lovies!  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  I spent most of mine Christmas shopping.  We need to send the gifts to our family in Denmark this week (so they can arrive in time!) so we made sure to get all the gifts purchased this past weekend.  It was exhausting, but a lot of fun.

I love unique, one of a kind type gifts.  I like to try and think outside the box when gift giving.  I came across this site a few years ago, Uncommon Goods.  It is such a fun site, they really have a bunch of unique gift ideas.  If you have any really hard people to buy for,and you spend most of your time trying to brainstorm what to get them that they would love and do not already have, well, this is the site for you to check out.

Here are some fun ideas that I love on their site:

For him

Ballpark Blueprints $185.00 –awesome gift for those baseball lovers

Whiskey and Rum making kit $75.00- such a fun idea for anyone who enjoys a good drink

Scratch Map $28.95–know a world traveler? This is a fun idea, they can keep track of their travels on this big world map

For her

Succulent Living Wall Planter Kit $110.00–I would totally love this LOL.  Succulents are great too because they do not require a ton of lovin but add that green life you need in some rooms (or if you are like me, in every room!)

Chai Tea Kit $35.00–loose leaf teas-they also have other varieties such as green herbal teas too

Aromatherapy Shower kit $45.00- amazing way to relax in the shower by having essential oils infused into your shower water.  Sounds heavenly.

I could list out so many more fun gift ideas.  I just love this sit.  Hopefully I got to introduce some of you to a new spot if you have never heard of Uncommon Goods before.

What are your top go to site for holiday shopping??

Happy Shopping!

xoLauren